EU4BUSINESS IN UKRAINE

SMEs provide work for more than 4 million people in Ukraine, generate about 20% of the country’s GDP and make up the majority of the country’s companies.  The business environment in Ukraine is highly regulated but standards, support services for SMEs, innovation policy and assistance for women entrepreneurs need to be improved to allow SMEs to really thrive.

EU4Business aims to improve the country’s business climate. It makes it easier for SMEs to get finance and provides training and targeted support for businesses led by women and those working in the green economy. SMEs also get technical support to help them align with EU standards, increase exports and benefit from the free trade deal between Ukraine and EU.

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Success stories

A Lviv entrepreneur founded a company supplying one of the most attractive markets in the world – the European Union. New equipment purchased with an EU4Business loan will allow her to increase deliveries by 15%. “Show us the most beautiful equipment,” we ask Lviv entrepreneur Nataliya Nichoga before a photo shoot at her production facility. “The most beautiful is the one that works. And all of...
Natalya Lukyanchenko, director and founder of the school
The ‘Stupeni’ (‘steps’) school in Odessa has received a grant from the EU to conduct an energy inspection, after the private Waldorf school applied to the EBRD’s Advice for Small Businesses programme. After modernising the heating system, the classrooms will be much warmer in winter, and the maintenance of the building will cost half a million hryvnyas less a year. Teenagers perched in the...
Olga Radinovich is the General Director of Reabilitimed, a Ukrainian manufacturer of orthopaedic and medical products. Her company had been wanting to invest in new equipment from Germany for two years when she heard on the radio about EU4Business SME loans through the German Ukrainian Fund (GUF). Under the programme, 50% of the nominal interest rate set by the loan agreement is compensated for...